I stood in front of the room with all eyes on me. I could feel myself start to sweat; I was so nervous! Who was I kidding, I was born to do this. I was born to teach.
I was not too excited when I found out that I would be teaching multiplying and dividing fractions, but I decided that I would figure out a way to make it fun! Oh and multiplying and dividing fractions is way easier than adding and subtracting! So after searching Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers, I found some great activities and ideas (those sites are lifesavers!). One day, the students will play math bingo, and another day they will do an activity with dice. I also came up with the idea to hand out "Math Money" to students who correctly answered questions or problems. I am holding an "auction" at the end of my unit! :)
Even though I was ridiculously nervous, I taught my first lesson today and it went really well! The students were engaged and excited. Some of the usually low achieving students were even "getting it" today. One particular girl was smiling ear to ear because she understood the concept and was getting every answer right. That made me feel great! Who cares if I was shaking inside, the kids didn't know that! Accidently dropping the SmartBoard Pad wasn't in the plan either... but oh well! I would say my first lesson was a success!